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In first place, you are wrong. The only numbered game in the series that is vaguely connected to the overall lore is Resident Evil 4. All the other games, including RE6, have major connections. Though I will admit the connections are not strong enough. They are not direct sequels though, if that's what you mean, but I never claimed such a thing anyway.
I come from a place of the identity of the series and what makes it appealing.
As early as the pre-release of RE7, if anyone was to mention that RE would feature werewolves and vampires, anyone would call it absurd. Yet, normies quick got into RE8 because
1) the "don't think, just consume and get excited for the next product" mentality. They have poor standards or no standards at all
and
2) To them "Resident Evil" is just a title and it doesn't carry any identity aside of having cheese horror. They have no vision of what the series should be based on its foundational ideas, and therefore will accept any change if it can be remotely tied up to the title "Resident Evil". That's why warewolves and vampires to them are fine, because all you have to do is say they were created by a virus.
Next game they might have ghosts, orcs, angels and demons and you accept it as long as they convey it as some form of virus.

Resident Evil is in a bastardized state in which it has become a mockery of itself.

- The result is that with every new entry a new virus is created, new villains appear out of nowhere and someone retcons them withim the lore out of convenience, instead of using the many unused names related to Umbrella in the classic games.
Instead of builting up a villain progressively, from game to game, like they did with Wesker, each new game introduces a new one, one more absurd than the other, and the issue with that villain is settled right there. This is bad because it means the plot will always feel rushed, shallow and more disconnected from the rest of the series than it should be. The peak of that was in RE6, but RE7 and 8 did not undo the trend at all, it just alliviated it a bit.

- Likewise with protagonists, instead of builting the classic protagonists with each game, giving them flaws, emotions, interestes and a personal life like builting a family, they treat these characters as brands to be plastered in the game covers, while simultaneously segregating them into background positions because of their status of brands. The way Capcom treats Leon, Claire, Jill and Chris is similar to how Nintendo treats Mario. You will never see a game in which Mario actually saves and marries Peach because that would set a permanent expection for upcoming games, and as such Mario will exist in a limbo in which his identity never changes, it just repeats over and over.
This works with Mario, and arguably even Link and Zelda, because they are childsh cartoon characters.
The same shouldn't be said about RE characters, a franchise for mature audiences.
This created a situation were these classic characters that everyone loves cannot be used anymore because they now have superhuman abilities and cannot be killed, cannot marry or have kids, or retire; they can't even age. Their aging is barely reflected on their appearance, and never reflect in their abilities. They will die alone and childless, while not having really accomplished much since the threat of bioterrorism only seems to grow bigger and weirder with every new entry.
In other words, they cannot receive any form of meaninggful character development to make them appear human, and the series as whole can never settle for a consistent aesthetical and thematic vision to have a compelling world building.
And the result of all of that is that the series can't have neither consistent protagonists or villains.
Which will probably mean new protagonists like Ethan will be created from now one to fill the void.

This by itself is not a bad thing but, nonetheless, it leaves a bad taste in the mouths of fans of the classic characters when they are treated like this, and receive no character development while a new characters receives it. It feels unfair and inefficient, which is to it is not the ideal solution which is why it's hard to accept.

Now, as for gameplay:
- Arguably, the RE4 over the shoulder perspective could be called a natural evolution of the classic static camera and tank controls, which is a fair argument to defend it, but a first person perspective has nothing to do with Resident Evil and the justificative behind it (increase in immersion) is very shallow. RE7 and 8 both fail to be more immersive than games like Silent Hill 2, RE Remake 1 or even RE Remake 2, games that are in third person.
For a survival horror, supposed increase in immersion is literally the only benefit of a first person perspective. However, immersion has much more to do with a combination of aesthetics, plot and soundtrack than anything related to camera perspective, and as such no first person camera is necessary to achieve this.

Lastly:
To me the only trully good thing RE8 did was Lady Dimitrescu and her daughters. At least Capcom is now appealing to their own costumers when it comes to character design instead of censoring themselves to appease SJWs that hate femininity and don't even play games.
Yet, Devil May Cry 5 have Dante retire and leave the job of Devil Hunter on earth to his nephew.
 

uncledick

Woodpecker
Mostly yes.
Wasting time is sinful and most if not all video games have demonic imagery and messages.

Resident Evil series was mentioned above. Not really a subtle title is it?
Playing such games and not getting disgusted and repulsed is something you should be uneasy about.
That's one perspective sure, on the otherhand Resident Evil 8 probably has the most "good", honest, determined, clean cut protagonist in Ethan Winters that has appeared in any media in years. Like a 1950s Charleston Heston figure. The entire game is about a journey towards self-sacrifice and giving ones life for another, really nothing more Christian than that. Oh ya and all those demons, they are not promoted as honorable virtuous globohomo trans things like they would in your local sodomplex, but evil freaks that are to be destroyed.

As I think about RE8 now, its amazing how many Christian themes are within a game made by a Japanese developer. But they wanted to make a game with a traditional "good family man" type and I guess those themes would come out anyhow, as they are intrinsically linked to being godly.
 

Batman_

Kingfisher
RE8 was a great experience last month when I played it, but it doesn't crack the top 3 masterclass RE titles, RE4, REmake and RE2 original. Id slot it into the tier below with RE7 and RE2make, so its excellent but not in the masterpiece tier. It's level design, encounter design, and pacing are not in same class as 4, remake and RE2.

I have high hopes for RE4 remake and RE9 though. Capcom after the drought years from 2006 to 2017 has finally figure out how to make proper RE games again. I am actually expecting remasters of the original 3 fixed camera games sometime this decade as well.

How would you guys tier the whole series? Just curious. It's my favorite franchise of all time.

Mine would probably go...

REmake
RE4
RE3
RE2
RE2make
RE8
RE7
RE3make
RE CVX
RE5
RE0
RE UC/DC
RE R
RE 6
 

Batman_

Kingfisher
Mostly yes.
Wasting time is sinful and most if not all video games have demonic imagery and messages.

Resident Evil series was mentioned above. Not really a subtle title is it?
Playing such games and not getting disgusted and repulsed is something you should be uneasy about.

That's absurd...shielding yourself from unpleasant things does not make you stronger, but weaker.

As for the wasting time argument...NO ONE doesn't waste time. In fact i'd go as far as saying anyone who claims to not waste time probably wastes just as much as anyone else; in their case it may simply be broken up into small chunks of dopamine hits from their phone as opposed to a single activity like gaming. Human beings need leisure/recreation. For every person who thinks video games are a waste of time, do they themselves not waste time on social media, forums/message boards, youtube, netflix, etc?
 
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Rivershield

Pigeon
How would you guys tier the whole series? Just curious. It's my favorite franchise of all time.

Mine would probably go...

REmake
RE4
RE3
RE2
RE2make
RE8
RE7
RE3make
RE CVX
RE5
RE0
RE UC/DC
RE R
RE 6
REmake
RE4
RE2
REmake 2
RE3
RE CVX
RE5
RE 0
RE UC/DC
RE Revelations 1
RE Revelations 2
RE8
RE6
RE7
RE3make

Yes, I prefer RE6 than 7 and Remake 3. On paper 7 was certainly a turn into the right direction, but in practice for me it turned just extremelly boring. If a contrived claustrophobic survival horror in which you spend most of the time walking fails to scare you, it becomes a total shore. I did not find the Baker family scary at all, the game seriously lacks enemy variety and a charismatic protagonist. And what they did to Chris was simply absurd.

As for RE3make, I just can't fathom turning Jill into a stereotypicaly vulgar stronk wamim while diminishing her femininity, they turned Nemesis, one of the most iconic RE monsters into a skripted travesty, and also the amount of cut content is simply unnaceptable.

At least with RE6 you can enjoy some brainless fun under a generous amount of fanservice.
 
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uncledick

Woodpecker
How would you guys tier the whole series? Just curious. It's my favorite franchise of all time.

Mine would probably go...

REmake
RE4
RE3
RE2
RE2make
RE8
RE7
RE3make
RE CVX
RE5
RE0
RE UC/DC
RE R
RE 6

RE4
REmake
RE2 original
RE7
RE2make
RE8
RE3 original
RE original
RE5
RE3make
RE Revelations 2
RE0

the rest are crap tier...
 

Cr33pin

Peacock
Gold Member
Played the first few hours of this last night.... tons of potential. Its a beautiful looking game which is weird to say about basically a twin stick shooter. My Xbox One X seemed to struggle with performance though... I just ordered a Series X so I am going to hold off on playing it more until I get the beefier box in to play it on.
 
Wondering if I could get some recommendations from the people here.

I'm looking at new laptop, but not sure what to get?

I'd like to play Baldur's Gate 3 (among other games) and the recommended specs:
RECOMMENDED:
Processor: Intel i7 4770k / AMD Ryzen 5 1500X
Memory: 16 GB RAM
Graphics: Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB / AMD RX580

I"d like to future proof this a little, but honestly don't anticipate anything more resource hungry.
 

Easy_C

Peacock
Would anyone be interested in trying ARMA 3 sometime? I’ll actually step up and give everyone a crash course in individual and fire team movement techniques so MAYBE you all won’t die right away.
 

thetruewhitenorth

Sparrow
Orthodox
I could never understand grown up men playing video games. It appears gaming is another globohomo tool to distract people from God and family and further prolong infantalism stage among the populace.

I had no idea until recently that "gamer" is how many proudly self identify. What kind of warped identity is that?

Even women play console video games. That is just beyond pathetic. In my opinion, it is a very destructive, mind-numbing habit like smoking, drinking or pornography. Something any Christian should do away with.
 

newcomer

Sparrow
Orthodox Inquirer
The idea is that you are battling and overcoming the disgusting and repulsing imagery.
theres no battling and overcoming. You are absorbing it as a sponge. Videogames, especially violent videogames make you numb. I dont enjoy them anymore. Shooting, maiming and killing shouldnt be fun, even if it is presented as such by videogames. I wouldnt call it sin, at least not from position whrere i am now, but I can say that majority of them are no good.
 
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